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Bloomington-Normal community at odds over teachings on race in school curriculum

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BLOOMINGTON-NORMAL (WEEK) - Summer discussions about history and race in America are heating up in Bloomington-Normal before students return back to school in the fall.

In last week's District 87 two-hour meeting, some people expressed concerns about topics such as mask mandates, sex education and teaching about racism in America, a current nationwide discussion.

They said teaching critical race theory pits kids against each other, causing more division.

Carla Campbell-Jackson, Vice President of Bloomington-Normal NAACP said discussing the country's dark history does the opposite.

"It should not divide students but it should actually bridge the gap and allow students to become more empathetic about what has occurred in the past and hopefully from those meaningful relationships."

Campbell-Jackson said the curriculum does not denounce an individual, but is to educate students on systemic racism in the country and to help them grow from

"We can explore our history, which is critically important while also trying to make sure we mend those divisive tactics that may have existed in the past because that's how we move forward."

The discussions on curriculum and other issues will continue at Unit 5's school board meeting Wednesday at 6:30 p.m.

As of now, the state signed off on education reform in march where racial disparities in will be discussed in education.

Darnysha Mitchell

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